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Design thinking

You always have to face some problems in your life, in your studies, in your workplace, in your internship… Therefore, you must develop a technique to solve your current problems and, as a matter of fact, “design thinking” can help you with that.

Indeed, it’s really difficult to get the right solution for a problem when you don’t know how it started. You need a good approach to consider all the possibilities before choosing.

This process is not the best, but one of the possible ways you can use to achieve your objectives in the best possible manner by testing all propositions you get.

That was the introduction of this article about “ divergent thinking” and “convergent thinking”.

The first thing you need to do is write all your ideas you think will solve your problem, whether they are incredible or crazy, because you must have the best global view possible and then delete the ideas one by one until you have the best one. It’s the same when you do a brainstorming, you give a lot of ideas and after, you select the most appropriate solution. This method favours teamwork and help keeping good relationship between colleagues in the team.

Now we will talk about the steps of this approach, each step has its importance in order to get good results in the end.

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Before searching for all the solutions possible, you have to “define” the problem. You need to understand what is the problem and what is expected from you. You can rephrase your issue to know if you understand well what happened.

After, you can begin to “research” solutions and “ideate” with a brainstorming, working in collaboration with your colleagues. It’s really important to share your ideas and work together. Just note the main word don’t write a lot of sentences, you can use post-it and a board to get a global view. So far you were in the divergent area thus you try to get the biggest opening possible to forget nothing. Now you will reduce the opening until you converge toward the best solution.

To do that, you have to make a “prototype” of your ideas and forget those which don’t work. You must test each idea you got during the previous step, and after that you will still have a few ideas. In this way, you can see which ones are in “Sweet spot”, so “desirable” (value for the user), “viable” (business potential) and “feasible” (technically possible). Then you “choose” those which are more closer to the Sweet spot than the other ones and “implement” them. And final step you “learn” about the feedback of your solution and change it if necessary.

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